Tuesday, 28 April 2009
Journey through Shompole conservancy.
The conservancy is in Magadi division and can be accessed either through Loika gate at the southern end of Lake Magadi, or via the Olkiramatian conservancy, branching off at Daraja center, next to river Ewaso Nyiro .
Shompole lodge is at the end of Ngurumani escarpment and about 5 km from Lake Natron on the Kenya/Tanzania border.
The descent from the lodge is rather steep and gives way to plain grasslands, the play ground of the big five interspersed with bush land and level with the airstrip that is at times submerged during the rainy seasons.
We were greeted by zebras, but the sight that was most welcoming and adorable was the giraffe, towering above the rest in the Shompole group ranch.
The road through the conservancy is typical of all the parks in Kenya, dusty on dry weather and unbearably muddy on rainy conditions.
The lodge is a joint venture between an investor and the local community.